Blogging is hard work. You have to think of content, write it and then find a creative way to post it. Despite what many think, blogging is a vital key to online marketing and promotion, and when is done right, can help you increase your followers, revenue and awareness. It’s these posts that garner attention and gets people to click, comment and share, helping your post go viral. Here are a few blogging tools to help you create content quickly so that you can blast it out on social media and wait for it to go viral:
- Quora – Have a question that you’re not sure what the answer is? Then you need to use Quora, which makes it easy to get all of your questions answered. You can even share your own knowledge and browse interesting information that can help you create interesting blog posts.
- BuzzSumo – With BuzzSumo, you get insight into what content is working and the influencers that are amplifying it. You can discover what topic the most shared content is based on, find influencers on any topic and then see what type of content they’re creating to mimic is. There’s a free and Pro version, with the Pro version being a subscription service that adds in content alerts based on a keyword and competitor analysis.
- Quick Sprout – Everyone wants more traffic to their blog and Quick Sprout can help. The site will give you recommendations for your blog. All you have to do is enter your site’s URL and wait for it to give you a full report on your blog. You’ll get a SEO score, speed score and recommendation on where you should improve. It’s a great way to evaluate your site so that you get maximum traffic!
- Portent Title Maker – Sometimes you know the subject you want to blog about, but have no idea where to start. That’s where Portent’s Title Maker comes in handy since it will provide you with ideas to blog about based on the subject you entered. You’ll get unique and quirky blog ideas that will get clicks!
- Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator – Similar to Portent Title Maker, This blog topic generator will give you a week’s worth of blog topics based on three nouns you enter into its system. You’ll be able to decide which ones work for you and your blog and then dump the others that aren’t relevant.
- Trello – Keep all your ideas, To Do lists and more all in one place with Trello. The free app allows you to manage your projects and see everything that’s going on with it in one, single glance. You can share with others or even just use it by yourself, so that everything is organized.
- Evernote – If you need organizing, then Evernote is the only app that you’ll need. This one workspace allows you to write short lists to lengthy research and will keep you focused on those ideas from inspiration to completion. You’ll also be able to collect things from the web and snap photos as they relate to your projects.
- Wunderlist – This tool helps keep your life in sync and is the easiest way to get stuff done. You’ll be able to manage multiple projects and strategize your content in one convenient place. You can plan for anything and you’ll get reminders and be able to assign to-dos if you work with other people.
- Dropbox – Everyone uses Dropbox to share files, photos and more since it allows users to access their account on any device. You can take your docs anywhere since everything is synced automatically to all of your devices. The tool also lets you send large video and picture files quickly with one simple link.
- Google Trends – Find out what’s trending on Google in real-time so that you can base your blog posts on what’s trending. You can see how often specific keywords, subjects and more are being queried at the moment, throughout the day and the past week, month or year.
- Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin – If you have a WordPress site, then you need to use the free Yoast SEO Plugin to increase visitors to your site. It lets you set templates for titles and meta descriptions for all of your site’s pages and allows you to enter a focus keyword to enhance your SEO rankings.
- Grammarly – No one wants to read a post with errors and Grammarly will find and correct up to 10x more mistakes than your word processor, so that you write quality content all the time. It makes your writing better and the best part is that it’s free! It also helps you find the perfect word every time and will even suggest various words for you to use in your prose.
- Desk – This writing, blogging and notetaking app won Apple’s most prestigious award, “Best App of 2014”, and will aid in all your writing needs. You can publish your post directly to your platform of choice and it features an efficient and unobtrusive WYSIWYG editor that’s easy to use and easy on the eyes. It’s also loaded with features that increase content creation, efficiency and speed.
- Death to the Stock Photo – A great blog post is nothing without amazing visuals and if you’re not taking your own photos, you’ll need to get graphics somewhere. Instead of paying an arm and a leg for pictures, you can get a fresh pack of free photos to your inbox every month with Death To The Stock Photo site. Besides, if you want more great photos, you can go premium for only $15 a month.
- Analytify – If you’re not analyzing your site’s Google Analytics, then you’re missing out on important insights that can help increase traffic and more. Analytify makes Google Analytics simple for WordPress so that you can comprehend everything there is to know about your site.
Over to you
What are your favorite blogging tools? Did I miss anything you would add to the list?
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